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Old 19 February 2005, 17:34   #1
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Humber Ocean Pro 7m with diesel

Does anyone own a Humber Ocean Pro 7m with the Merc 1.7L Turbo diesel?

I'd like to ask some questions on performance from someone that actually uses it in the real world.
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Old 20 February 2005, 07:08   #2
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Does anyone own a Humber Ocean Pro 7m with the Merc 1.7L Turbo diesel?

I'd like to ask some questions on performance from someone that actually uses it in the real world.
Send a PM to Mike C he has the Humber 630 with the Mercruiser 1.7
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Old 24 February 2005, 09:43   #3
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Ok, since no member has the 7m diesel Humber I'll address one of my questions to all 6-7m Humber Ocean Pro owners in general.

I am considering buying a 7m Humber Ocean Pro however I'm concerned about the foward visibility when the driver is seated on the jockey seat. From the photos it appears that the driver can hardly see much when standing up (I'm average height). Is this an issue on this craft more so than on others because of the upturned bow?

I realize I need to test drive one however that will be a while 'cause I live in the US.
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Forward visability on my 6.3 Ocean Pro was excellent seated or standing. It was also good for my wife (5ft 4ish)
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...I am considering buying a 7m Humber Ocean Pro however I'm concerned about the foward visibility when the driver is seated on the jockey seat. .....

I realize I need to test drive one however that will be a while 'cause I live in the US.
No problem for me on my boat at 6'2"... height NOT waist, before anyone butts in.... ...with this set up... the chap at the helm here is about 6' ish...
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Visibilty shouldnt be a problem, dont expect to set any speed records with that set up though.
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Although I dont own one a Guy in our club has one, he hires this out to divers and twitchers. From a divers point of view great rib very stable etc.
Things that he has had problems with have included the engine or rather lack of power from the unit.
He tried firstly repropping with various pitches and sizes before putting on a four bladed type. He then took the boat to a rolling road type of thing this is when they discovered that the wrong fuel filter had been fitted and the unit wasnt getting enough of the red stuff! This had not been fitted by the owner of the rib!!!!

After all of this which took a few months to sort out the boat still didnt perform well 17 knts- 23knts loaded. Bottom line is general view here was it was underpowered.
The guy has now had the new volvo? deisel fitted and the boat flies 25knts-35kts loaded with a slightly worse fuel consumption.
Give me pm if you want to speak direct with the owner I am sure he will put you right with any other issues you want to talk about.
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Thank you to everyone who has posted thus far.

What attracts me to the 7m Humber diesel is the long range capability, not top end speed. My dream voyage is to go from San Diego CA to Cabo San Lucas in Baja Mexico then from there perhaps to Mazatlan. Fishing all the way.

The plan is to tow a dingy, my current 4m Zodiac inflatable with a 35hp petrol engine. In the event I hook a billfish I would detach from the mother ship and play the fish from the Zodiac. The Zodiac has three air chambers so would remain afloat in the event of a puncture and is easily repaired.

Following the coast its approx 1600 kilometers from San Diego to Cabo. Like I said, its a dream trip, fun to plan.
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Pickled,

I'm surprised the Humber you are refering to performed so poorly. I have a Humber sales brochure that state that the 7m with the 1.7L Turbo diesel will cruise at 30knts with a 7.5 litre per hour burn rate (lightly loaded).

Naturally if I were to seriously consider buying one I would insist on verifying the performance myself. It would not be a wasted trip however because there are other ribs I want to look at in the UK.

If there are other diesel ribs in the 7m range with verifyable long range capability let me know.
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30 knots will be very near flat out, and at that it would be using more like 11-12lph i should think.

Over 100 hours ive used 9lph overall, in a light boat, and we tend to cruise around 25knots.

Have you considered the Volvo D3-160hp instead?
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